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Destination: Florida

August 1, 2012 - Pam Rodgers

I recently returned from my summer vacation in Florida. My family and I have visited the the Sunshine State several times before, and it was nice to return. (It had been five years since my last visit and three for the rest of my family.)

I was planning on trying to blog while I was on vacation but we had spotty internet access at the our resort, so that idea fell through. I won’t go through a day-by-day account of the trip, but I can sum it quite easily: It was a blast!

Whenever we go to Florida, we always go to Walt Disney World. No matter how old we get, we always enjoy visiting “The Happiest Place on Earth.” The four different theme parks, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, each have something unique to offer. It makes it easy to fill five days at the parks.

Magic Kingdom is still my favorite park. It is a brilliant showcase to why I love everything Disney related. There are things to do whether you are 2 or 82. It is a must every time we visit. There is so much that I love about the park that I couldn't possibly list it all. Suffice it to say we never run out of things to do from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Epcot is a close second. If you told me when I first visited Epcot when I was 6 years-old that I would love it when I was in my 20s, I would have thought you were nuts. But it’s true. I appreciate it so much more as an adult. The addition of the ride Soarin’ didn’t hurt either. Epcot was the park we visited twice on the trip, and it was fun both days. There are always new things to discover while walking around the World Showcase.

Hollywood Studios is a great park and it’s hard to rank it third. I love movies and television so there are plenty of fun things to do. I grew up with knowing it as MGM Studios so it was interesting to visit it under it’s new name (not much had changed though, just the signage). Tower of Terror is a must when we go to the park. As I posted on Facebook, I can't seem to stop that involuntary scream on the first drop. Also the Indiana Jones stunt show and Beauty and the Beast show are top notch!

Animal Kingdom is a little behind the other three parks for me. It is more like a glorified zoo. The African Safari ride was a bit down on animals compared to the last time I was there. Part of the ride was under construction, so hopefully that means that will improve soon. I got to see tigers in the Asia part of the park, which is always a positive for me. The main attraction, Expedition Everest roller coaster was fun to ride. The last time I was there, I didn’t get the chance because it had just opened and unless you went there right away, you would have to wait for an hour or more to ride.

Each trip, we try to do something new to keep in it interesting. This year, we tried Universal Orlando. We found out it wasn’t our cup of tea. There was plenty of fun offered there, but we will stick to Disney. I will say the Wizarding World of Harry Potter was fun to hang out in, if only you didn’t have to walk six miles to even get there. Too bad we didn’t have Port Keys!



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Me hanging out in Japan at Epcot waiting for the fireworks show.